Department of Telecommunication has allowed Quadrant Televentures to shut its gsm mobile operations in Punjab from mid-April 2017
Mumbai is the first circle to implement this complaint mechanism and now any person can file radiation related complaints via call center number 9969555000 or DoT website.
DoT has instructed BSNL to make efforts for providing connectivity in 928 villages which are so far deprived of any mobile connectivity. This move has been triggered on the request from Department of financial services, Ministry of finance.
Department of financial services which is implementing the government’s financial inclusion plan has identified 928 such villages which do not have any connectivity. Based on the recommendation of Khan commission RBI had started financial inclusion plan in 2005. Since for banks it is not commercially viable to have physical presence in far flung villages, Mobile phones were found to be an alternative medium to deliver financial services.
Vodafone India has decided to disconnect inactive mobile numbers not using services for 60 days. The decision will affect prepaid customers of Vodafone who are not making any Voice Call (incoming or outgoing), SMS & Data for any continuous period of 60 days.
Leading mobile service providers ,Airtel,Vodafone & Idea Cellular have threatened to return 3G spectrum and demanded refund of spectrum fee with interest and compensation for all capital investment, if intra circle 3G roaming is denied. These operators claim that they had clarified the issue with DoT before auction and government had agreed to it. So now government terming this pack illegal, is breach of contract. The operators also blame government of too much of regulation which may affect investment climate in the sector.
Telecom regulator TRAI has issued notices to Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular for entering into cartel by means of bilateral sharing of 3G spectrum. In the name of roaming arrangement these companies are offering their 3G services in the circles where these have not paid for spectrum prices.
Now prepaid mobile subscribers in Assam & NE can roam all across India except in J&K as..
After much hue and cry from all walks of people against pesky calls, TRAI and DOT decided to make stringent regulations to have check on it. TRAI had earlier mooted the idea of allocating easily identifiable number series to telemarketers and on request from TRAI , DOT had has issued a number series starting with ‘140’ for allocating to telemarketers.
As if the falling tariff and excessive competition were not sufficient, another big headache for telecom operators is paying penalties for untraced CAF (customer acquisition form). Security concerns have compelled government to come up with strict customer verification norms and telecom operators were supposed to reverify the documents of around 700 million customers. For the said purpose DOT had given telecom operators time to ensure availability of proper documents. Now DOT’s TERM cell conducts audit of documents (CAF) of telecom operators in each circle and on violation of any term & condition levies penalty of Rs.1000 per CAF.
Investors are shunning the telecom scrips. Operators are worried over reduced profitability and enhanced competition. Aam Admi fed up with reading frontpage scam stories. CAG, A.Raja, TRAI, DOT,BlackBerry, Kapil Sibbal ,mud slinging among operators blah.. blah.. blah.
Once cynosure of all eyes, now getting marred from all sides.Indian Telecom sector has contributed significantly in the overall growth of the country. Mobile telephony and internet have brought revolution. Even during economic recession time this was the one industry which was least affected and growing at its own pace unaffected.Indian government too was happy collecting huge revenue in terms of license fee and taxes.Many old forgotten consumer electronics brands suddenly reappeared in the form of mobile handset brand. Consumers happy lot as telecom tariffs were the only thing which is getting cheaper day by day.
Recently Union minister of Communication & IT had announced 100 day programme for ministry of..
Airtel and Tata submitted BlackBerry compliance report to the DoT
In the backdrop of the security threats in buying the telecom equipments, theDepartment of Telecommunications has amended its policies in the allocation of the International long distace and National long distance liecenses. The amendment makes it mandatory for the operators to ensure that their networks are secure and safe. Reiterating the governments apprehension the DoT has proposed a heavy penalty of Rs 50crore if the operators fail to abideby the security regulations in the purchase of telecom equipments from any third party. Moreover a fine which will be equivalent to the contract amount will be imposed on the operators . The above amendments has been communicated to the ILD and NLD operators.